[XeTeX] RTL Arabic footnotes + line numbers for critical edition

Musa Furber musaf at runbox.com
Wed Jun 22 17:12:24 CEST 2005

On Jun 22, 2005, at 9:55 AM, Bernd Carl wrote:

> Hello,
> I hope someone else has tried this before. I need to edit some Arabic 
> manuscripts and for collation I need Arabic footnotes. I have looked 
> into ledmac but it looks not really convincing to have the footnotes 
> on the left side when all the text is on the right side. It is 
> probably possible to use footnotes in ArabTex but line numbers are not 
> possible in RTL contexts. In Xetex I couldn't get footnotes working 
> inside Arabic texts (using \footnote {xyz}. So right now I'm a bit 
> lost. Maybe someone has an idea?
> This is what I tried: ArabTex and lineno and/or ledmac, Xetex.

I modified a babel package for Hebrew so that it would (a) work with 
XeLaTeX and (b) replace \thechapter and similar strings with those 
appropriate for Arabic.

It works well enough on my machine for my current needs. There is a PDF 
showing some of the things it can do. And perhaps some things it 
cannot. (I think the latest fontspec broke the the FarsiTeX multicol 

The one person who tried to install it could not get it to work with 
babel. My TeX installation is old, so perhaps someone with a newer 
installation or more knowledge of babel could help determine the 


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